France held on against never-say-die Russia to win the gold medal at the EuroBasket Women on Saturday night in Latvia.
After the disappointment of an eighth-place finish in 2007, Pierre Vincent's team capped a remarkable comeback to the top of Europe with a 57-53 win over Russia in the championship game.
The 2009 EuroBasket Women champions Sandrine Gruda and Celine Dumerc of France headed the All-Tournament Team in Riga along with Most Valuable Player winner Evanthia Maltsi of Greece.
Gruda led the champions France in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg) while shooting 50 percent from the field.
France have returned to the title game of the EuroBasket Women for the first time since their gold-medal winning year of 2001.
They beat Russia in the title game that year, 73-68.
Maria Stepanova and defending champions Russia beat Spain in a big game once again on Friday to claim a spot in the final of the EuroBasket Women.
In a rematch of the title game two years ago in Italy, the Russians rolled to a 77-61 victory with Stepanova, the 2008 FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year, scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
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